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What you should know before going solar

How do home solar systems work?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are made from silicon cells that join together to form a circuit. The panel collects the sun’s energy and makes direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter changes the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what most homes use. The inverter is a metal box connected to a meter, which in turn is connected to the utility’s electric grid.

How can I pay for a solar system?

You can get a solar or home improvement loan from a bank or go through a private solar financing company. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has low-rate loans and financing options available, some of which can be paid through your monthly utility bill. The return on investment for most home solar systems is five to seven years.

Should I lease or buy?

About a decade ago, leasing was the way to go, since the price of a home solar system was high. Now that prices have come down by 70 percent, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, it is better to pay for something you will eventually own.

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On the Fence about solar? SDG&E rates increasing this July hitting Residential Customers

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Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved and finalized the latest round of residential rate changes for all three investor-owned utilities. The rate changes are scheduled to become effective within the next month.

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San Diego Gas and Electric residential customer base will see an average rate increase of 13 percent from $0.20 per kilowatt-hour to $0.233 per kilowatt-hour. All four tiers will see an increase, with the majority of increases coming in tiers one and two. The lowest electricity users will be the most affected.

When rates increase, the economics of going solar become more attractive. This applies to both existing solar customers and potential customers considering going solar. Given that tiers one and two are increasing the most on a percentage basis, low usage customers considering solar stand to benefit the most. Whereas the economics of going solar may not have made sense previously for low usage customers, solar may now provide a cheaper option that staying with the utility.

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DIY Solar Panels for your home – save big

Have you been thinking about installing solar panels for your home, but been discouraged because the cost is too high? Gary Reysa “Here in Montana, my family and I saved 40 percent on the cost of a solar electric system by buying a kit and doing the installation ourselves”.

One notable feature of our solar power system is that it uses the relatively new micro-inverter technology. With this system, each photovoltaic (PV) panel has its own grid-tied inverter that is mounted right by the panel. This kind of system is easier for do-it-yourselfers to install, and has other advantages, such as less sensitivity to partial shading, power output optimization for each PV panel, and the flexibility to start small and grow the system as time and budget allow.

We decided to go with a grid-tied system, which is much more cost effective than an off-grid system. One advantage is that you don’t have to buy batteries, which are expensive and have to be replaced from time to time. You can also choose to install a smaller, less expensive system that generates just a portion of your electricity. On the downside, grid-tied systems provide no electricity when the power grid is down.

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